Executive Team | Business-Accelerated®

Executive Team

Led by Ellen J. Harris, the Executive Team comprises a team of independent business owners.

Our Executive Team includes:

Rori Knudtson, Chief Startup Specialist creating The Infinite Seed addressing climate change and inter-generational communication and respect across generations. Skilled in new business development and structure, management and design, she is an artist, architect and writer working with installation, sound, film and performance questioning constructs of space. She is the Director of The Infinite Seed and School of Critical Engagement.

Rori serves as a critic in the Body and Space Morphologies program of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and is a past critic at the Bergen Architecture School (Norway), Otis College of Art and Design Public Practice Department (Los Angeles), Woodbury University School of Architecture and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and is former faculty at the University of Colorado (Boulder/Denver). Currently, she is a Research Affiliate with the Consortium for Capacity Building/Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research and is a Graduate Advisor for the School of Fine Art and Design at the Philippine Women’s University, Manila.

Rori has been in residency with Galleri Svalbard (Norwegian Territory), USF Verftet/Bergen (Norway) and RedLine (US). She is the recipient of grants from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Arts Council, the Jennifer Moulton Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership in architecture in 2007. Knudtson has exhibited in the 2010 Biennial of the Americas and was selected to exhibit in the 55th Venice Biennial. Rori is our newest member joining in 2018.


KathyHoldawayKathy Holdaway is Chief Vision Officer bringing a big picture talent honed from her career as a partner with over 150 businesses in a range of business practices.  Kathy’s professional portfolio in the Fortune 100 pharmaceutical industry includes leading high performance management teams across multiple geographies and the United States.  As an award winning Sales Executive at Merck & Co. Inc, Kathy directed the transition team through a series of mergers and acquisitions with Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and STERIS.

Kathy’s certification with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council led to her to earn recognition as a Certified Targeted Selection Interview professional. Her expertise in Revenue planning, Gap Analysis and Strategic Marketing series as catalyst for her breakthrough design of her forthcoming, market tested, Leadership Development and Mindset Mastery program for women business owners and entrepreneurs.  Her expertise in the Healthcare and Bio-tech industries has earned her numerous awards and recognition and a Sales leader in her field.  She is a skilled recruiter, trainer, leader, coach and master executive management consultant. Kathy joined the Executive Team in 2008.


HeatherPQuesenberryAs Chief Relationship Officer, Heather Quesenberry brings her unique talent in comprehending the dynamics of corporate relationships and the inherent needs of a diverse population of employees, management styles and motivation.

Heather is a Human Resource and Compensation Professional. Her background in management and consulting at Pharmaceutical and Fortune 50 companies is part of her expertise.  As an HR Business Partner at Boehringer-Ingelheim, Heather managed the recruiting process for up to 70 active openings within the Central Functions and Prescription Medicines businesses.  At Boehringer, Heather served as a Compensation Specialist, where she reviewed the salaries of individual positions and developed a new salary structure for the U.S.

In her previous roles, Heather worked as an International Compensation Consultant at ORC Worldwide in New York, New York.  Most noteworthy Heather managed an Expatriate population of over 300 employees as a Global HR Manager at GE Medical Systems in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Heather received her MBA in Human Resources from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and her Bachelor’s Degree in German and History from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Heather holds a Six Sigma Greenbelt certification.  She is fluent in German and conversational in Hungarian. Heather joined the Executive Team in 2011.


thabetpicMark Thabet is an attorney at law and is a member of Thabet Law Office, PLLC. Mr. Thabet focuses his practice in corporate law, contract law, complex and commercial litigation, and real estate. Mr. Thabet has handled cases throughout New York’s state and federal courts. Mr. Thabet was involved in significant cases including New York City Asbestos Litigation and World Trade Center Disaster Site litigation.

Mr. Thabet received his Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. His his Bachelor of Business Administration is from Pace University Lubin School of Business. Especially relevant, Mr. Thabet is admitted to practice in the State of New York as well as the four U.S. District Courts in New York.

Most Noteworthy since becoming an attorney, Mr. Thabet held several marketing and management positions. Mr. Thabet was the Manager of Client Services at Work In America Institute, Inc.. He held a Vice President of Banking and Insurance position at Institute for International Research, Inc. and Project Manager at SmartChannels, LLC. Mr. Thabet has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. Mr. Thabet served as a Treasurer and committee member of several organizations.

Mr. Thabet joins the Business-Accelerated® Company as legal specialist with a concentration on small and medium-sized business owners. He is skilled in  validating their legal compliance with the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Thabet brings his legal expertise to the Intellectual Property practice of the firm. His experience in evaluating current portfolio structures for maximum returns in alliances, partnerships and ventures is an essential asset. Mr. Thabet joined the Executive Team in 2012.